The Nintendo fans who wanted to see Joker in a Switch game other than Super Smash Bros. Ultimate got their wish today… sort of, as a Persona game is coming to the Nintendo Switch. Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers is a Musuo-style game in the vein of Hyrule Warriors that will be coming to the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in the future.
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers was revealed during the second day of the Persona Super Live 2019 concert. The trailer for the game shows Joker fighting through an army of shadows and summoning Arsene to perform special moves. The trailer ends with Joker encountering a strange young girl with heart-shaped patterns in her hair.
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers is a collaboration between Atlus and Koei Tecmo, with the latter known for the Dynasty Warriors series, which involves the player fighting off enemy hordes in exciting battles. The style of Dynasty Warriors has been applied to other franchises such as Dragon Quest and The Legend of Zelda. Persona is the latest series to receive a Musuo-style game.
There are many Nintendo fans who are likely disappointed by the announcement of Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers, as the initial reveal of a game called P5S led many to believe that the S stood for Switch.
The fact that Joker was the first paid DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate led many to think that a Switch port of Persona 5 was certain, as it seemed unlikely that Nintendo would include a PlayStation-exclusive character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Cloud at least appeared in the Nintendo Kingdom Hearts games and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy titles before being added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, while Joker has only appeared in Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth for the Nintendo 3DS before the announcement of Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers.
There are also likely to be many Persona fans who are disappointed by the announcement of Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers. Many play the Persona games because of the characters, gameplay, and story, while the Musou-style games are little more than glorified beat ‘em up titles. Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers is unlikely to have the character interactions and social links that Persona fans crave.
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers is coming to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.